Healthcare facilities that have implemented injury prevention efforts focusing on patient lifting and repositioning methods have achieved considerable success in reducing work-related injuries and associated workers’ compensation costs. Providing a safer and more comfortable work environment has also resulted in additional benefits for some facilities, including reduced staff turnover and associated training and administrative costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, improved employee morale, and increased resident comfort.
This course provides recommendations for employers to help them reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their facilities using methods that have been found to be successful in the healthcare environment.
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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014a). Guidelines for Nursing Homes. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/ergonomics/guidelines/nursinghome/final_nh_guidelines.pdf
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014b). Ergonomics - Ergonomic Equipment. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/ergo/ergoequipment/ergoequip.html#Transfer/PivotDiscs